Between Islam and the Sacred Forest

Members of the "Sacred Forest" secret society in Guinea.
52 minutes / Colour / 2017
Directed by
Martin Gruber Frank Seidel

Country of production Germany

An investigation into the rituals in a small village on the coast of Guinea, West Africa to commemorate a recently deceased woman (a Muslim celebration of the 40th day after death conducted by a local Imam, and a Mkisaata ritual, performed by the members of a Nalu female secret society in honour of its deceased member). “Between Islam and the Sacred Forest“ tells a story about the women’s power to create their own space in a male dominated society and the more general struggle between Muslim and indigenous religious practices.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest

Language and subtitles Nalu French Susu

Location(s) depicted Kabaak, Guinea